Kia Motors America Unveils U.S. Motorsports Program

Posted on 03. Nov, 2009 by in Kia Canada


Forte Koup Will Enter GRAND-AM KONI Sports Car
Challenge Series Street Tuner (ST) Class

  • Kia Motors and Kinetic Group organisation adult to build and debate competition cars for a automakers first-ever automobile racing efforts on U.S. soil

  • Decorated drivers Andy Lally and Nic Jnsson to commander Kia Forte Koup competition cars
  • LAS VEGAS, Nov 3, 2009 The all-new 2010 Kia Forte Koups sign One Hot Ride took on a new definition now as Kia Motors America (KMA) denounced a U.S. motorsports module during a 2009 SEMA Show. KMA has teamed with a Kinetic Group to build and debate dual Forte Koups in a 2010 GRAND-AM KONI Sports Car Challenge Series in a Street Tuner (ST) class.

    The Forte Koup is a latest section in a thespian Kia code mutation story, and a preference to enter into a motorsports locus was an easy one to make, pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp boss of marketing, KMA. The Forte Koups performance-inspired styling and superb pushing dynamics make it a healthy fit for highway racing, and competing in GRAND-AMs KONI Challenge Series enables us to strech an wholly new and ardent bottom of automotive enthusiasts.

    The GRAND-AM KONI Challenge Street Tuner (ST) category utilizes production-based competition cars and has a far-reaching accumulation of vehicles from a U.S., Europe and Asia, regulating weight and intake restrictions to say a turn personification margin for all entrants.

    “We researched each form of automobile racing in a U.S. to find a fan bottom that was aligned with a aim demographics, and found GRAND-AM to be a ideal fit, pronounced Sprague. In further to operative with a Kinetic Group, we are also unapproachable that Infinity Audio, whose high-end audio systems are offering in several Kia vehicles, will join us as a Official Sponsor of a #10 Kia Forte Koup Race Car during a initial motorsports season.

    As partial of a motorsports organisation development, KMA identified and partnered with a Kinetic Group to develop, build and debate a dual Forte Koup KONI Challenge spec cars. Based outward of Atlanta, Kinetic provides a endless array of in-house services, including fabrication, composites, paint and body, engine, and wiring departments. Kinetics staff of engineers, mechanics and organisation have endless competition knowledge in many series, including NASCAR, Indy Racing League, a American Le Mans Series and a GRAND-AM KONI Challenge Series.

    Completing a team, flashy drivers Andy Lally and Nic Jnsson have been cumulative to expostulate a dual Forte Koup entries in a GRAND-AM KONI Challenge Series in 2010.

    We design a Forte Koup to be a clever aspirant in a GRAND-AM KONI Challenge Series starting with a initial competition in Daytona, and a fact that drivers of Andy and Nics size have assimilated a organisation reinforces that expectation, pronounced Sprague. Building on a impasse in a GRAND-AM KONI Challenge Series and in an bid to deliver a Kia code to even some-more racing fans, attire builder has combined a rarely mutated chronicle of a renouned Soul civic newcomer automobile that will offer as a central gait automobile during several races via a 2010 US Touring Car Championship (USTCC) season.

    About a Drivers

    In a final 7 years, motorist Andy Lally has 3 veteran championships 2006, 2004 and 2001 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and recently won a 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona in a GT class. In further to 3 Championships and dual Rolex 24 wins, Lally now binds a record for many tip 3 and tip 5 finishes in GRAND-AM Rolex Series story as good as a record for many lectern finishes in a singular season. He is third on a all time win list and a usually three-time Rolex Series Champion. Lally also has batch automobile racing experience, including a NASCAR Nationwide Series, Craftsman Trucks, ARCA and Goodies Dash.

    Nic Jnsson done his initial veteran start in 1989 and was a Scandinavian Formula 3
    champion in 1990 and 1991. In 1992 he won a Scandinavian Touring Car pretension and finished second
    in a European Formula 3 cup. Jnsson has raced furloughed cars, sports cars and Indy cars all over the
    world and has competed in a American Le Mans array as good as a SPEED World Challenge
    Touring automobile series. Jnsson, who is a rarely sought-after exam and growth driver, scored his first
    GRAND-AM feat in 2005 during a Six Hours during The Glen. Outside of sports automobile racing, Jnsson has
    trained a Swedish stately family and secret-service agents in high-performance and self-defense
    driving. A local of Sweden, Jnsson is a co-founder and owners of Kinetic Speed Shop.

    About Kinetic Group

    Kinetic is an automotive organisation that includes Kinetic Motorsports, Kinetic-Sunbelt Engines, and
    Kinetic Speed Shop. Kinetic Motorsports taps into each aspect of veteran and pledge racing,
    from automobile builds to prep and trackside support. Every apparatus indispensable to develop, conduct and run a
    professional competition organisation in any array is located on-site. Kinetic-Sunbelt Engines have powered
    amateur and veteran racers to countless championships in North America. Kinetic Speed Shop
    caters to aftermarket travel performance. Kinetic’s 42,000 block foot, state-of-the-art salon and
    race formidable is located in Buford, Georgia, only 15 mins from Road Atlanta. More information can
    be found online during

    About Kia Motors America

    Kia Motors America (KMA) is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation
    based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 650 dealers
    throughout a United States. For 2008, KMA accessible a 14th uninterrupted year of increasing U.S.
    market share. Kia Motors subscribes to a truth of building high value, high quality, protected and
    dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are sparkling and enabling and
    evoke a Kia tagline The Power to Surprise.

    Kia Motors America is a Official Automotive Partner of a NBA. Information about Kia Motors America and a full automobile choice is accessible during a Web site For media information, including photography, revisit

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